Youth Team Fixture Update


Tie will be played on Wednesday 12th May at 8pm

Full Quarter Final Draw

Boldmere St-Michaels v Redditch Utd   (Mon 10/5/21)

Worcester City v Evesham  (Tues 11/5/21)

AFC Wulfrunians v Stafford Rangers  (Thurs 13/5/21)

Bedworth United v Coventry Sphinx  (Wed 12/05/21)

Youth Team Through to the Knockout stages

Bedworth United U18s qualify for the knockout stage 
Bedworth Youth Team sealed qualification to the knockout stages of the Ray Mercer memorial shield with a narrow 3-2 win away to Racing Club on Tuesday night.  Qualification was almost but not mathematically ensured after a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Rugby Borough on the previous Friday barring a disaster and a 7 goal turn around.
Fridays game could have been a stumbling block for the Young Greenbacks when Lee Hursts side lost players to the first team squad for Saturdays friendly against Halesowen but with the strength in depth of the squad the players that came in performed well and ensured that the banana skin was avoided with goals from Rory Faulkner, Chris Jones and Louie Gill qualification for the knock out rounds was almost secured
Result: Rugby Borough 0 Bedworth United 3
Scorers: Rory Faulkner, Chris Jones, Louie Gill 
On Tuesday night the side travelled to Racing Club Warwick knowing that anything but a heavy defeat would be enough to see them safely through Group D and into the quarter finals.  The game was far from a classic, with Bedworth conceding first from yet another corner,  Camron Dunne then equalised with a spectacular left foot drive into the top left corner, 
1-1 halftime, 
Bedworth took the lead when Jack wells made it 2-1, Dylan’s Sands then hit a low drive passed the keeper 3-1, RCW got a late penalty 3-2 the game finished with the Greenbacks navigating their way through the group stages with a 100% record.
Scorers: Cameron Dunn, Jack Wells, Dylan Sands
Result: Racing Club Warwick 2 Bedworth United 3
Lee Hurst said after the Racing club Warwick game “It is nice to know we have qualified for the quarter finals, It will be the luck of the draw when its made, all we can ask for at this stage is that we get a home tie and once we know our opponents we can go from there.  With this tournament being one of the only chances to still play competitive games I am sure the lads will be wanting to progress as far as they can.  We have achieved our first objective which was to qualify from a tough group now our next objective is to reach the semi final and then who knows. I have said in the past, since we started back after lockdown this group of players have nothing to fear and if they keep their feet on the ground and keep doing what is asked of them I have no doubt that a number of them can progress further in football, Its great to see that some of them have already been involved with the first team and this will only encourage them and others to keep working hard and those first team opportunities will keep coming.”
Bedworth have been given a home draw in the next round against the winners of Group A which could be either Coventry Copeswood, Coventry Sphinx or Nuneaton Borough. With the group A decider being played tonight.  A Coventry Sphinx win over Nuneaton by 2 clear goals will see Sphinx qualify, Nuneaton will need a miracle and a 14 goal turnaround to qualify any other result for Nuneaton will see Copeswood win the group.  A win for Sphinx by 1 goal will see them level on points and goal difference with Copeswood and the possibility of the winners being decided by a coin toss.

Youth Team March On

Bedworth United U18s Youth Team carried on their winning ways last Wednesday night when they hosted Coventry United,  This season Coventry United are tennant’s at The OVAL playing their home games here so home advantage was not going to be as much of an advantage as it could be for the Bedworth Lads.
Bedworth started well but were finding it hard to breach the 5 man defence of Coventry United who were set up to ensure that they got men behind the ball at every opportunity. Saying that though Bedworth did have the better of the chances but it seemed that shooting boots had been left at home with some gilt edged chances going begging.
Bedworth did eventually break Coventry United’s rear guard action when Rory Faulkner broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark, chances went begging as the halftime whistle blew ( 1-0 )
The second half started in much the same way as the first finished with Bedworth on the front foot and it didnt take long for Chris Jones to add to The Greenbacks lead to put Bedworth 2-0 up, then minutes later Jack Wells rose highest to head a third, This seemed to stir Coventry United into life and they started to become more of an attacking threat and this led to them being awarded a penalty but Owen Betteridge in the Bedworth goal guessed the right way and kept Bedworth 3-0 in front.  Coventry United did manage to get themselves on the score sheet with about 20 minutes still to play. Cov Uniteds fightback though didnt last long as Chris Jones scored a forth goal to stop the visitors in their tracks. With minutes left on the clock Bedworth made it 5 when Cameron Dunne having the final say on the night.
Lee Hurst after the game stated “I am happy with today’s result in the end but we made the game a lot more difficult than it should have been with the chances we missed early on, but to be honest some of the combination play and runs in behind to create these chances were exceptional, we were a lot more clinical in the 2nd half which shows the character and resilience of the team,
Overall very pleased with the result.
Bedworth United U18 5
Coventry United U18 1
Scorers : Rory Faulkner, Jack Wells, Chris Jones 2, Cameron Dunne
The U18s next game is an away trip to Rugby Borough who are the only other unbeaten team in Group D.  A win there will see the Greenback U18s place 1 foot firmly in the knock out stages of the Tournament.

Youth Team March On

Bedworth United U18s Youth team carried on from where they left off last week in their quest for the Ray Mercer Memorial Shield.  They hosted a stong Stratford Town side on Wednesday night and ran out 2-0 winners.  The game was a hard fought encounter with both teams looking to play football from the start.  The early exchanges were pretty equal with neither team really troubling the oppositions goal.  It was Bedworth though who broke the deadlock after some neat play down the left from Chris Jones to square the ball for Warwick Hurst to calmly side foot into the right hand corner, giving the home team the advantage.  Bedworth doubled their lead before the break when Cameron Dunne was fouled in the box which he stepped up to convert the penalty to send the home side in 2 goals to the good at half time.

The second half started much the same as the first, but slowly the game become broken up with the referees whistle.  Stratford were lucky on 2 occasions that the referee was lenient and only booked 2 of their players for raising their hands when it could have easily been red.  Stratford tried to rally towards the end of the game to get something back but the Bedworth lads stood firm to deny the visitors any clear cut chances.

Lee Hurst speaking after the game said ” same as last week its pleasing to get the result but this week more so as we controlled the game well and saw out the game without any major scares and its always nice to get a clean sheet at any level of football.  Its great that the league have organised this competition as it keeps the lads playing competitive football rather than friendlies after the restart.  I believe that the team can do well in this competition so long as they take each game as it comes and not look to far forward, Having beaten both Rugby Town and Stratford Town who are Premier Division teams, we now have to maintain our concentration and not get to complacent against the remaining 3 teams in the group, but overall a very pleasing couple of weeks football.

The Youth team host Coventry United on Wednesday night next week and will be looking to make it 3 out of 3 and take a big step towards the knock out stages.

Result Bedworth United 2 Stratford Town 0

Goalscorer’s : Warwick Hurst, Cameron Dunne